With summer heat on the rise, potential issues posed by interior car temperatures are even more real, but Nissan hopes its new Rear Door Alert (RDA) may help reduce concerns.
Elsa Foley, an industrial engineer and mother of two young children, and Marlene Mendoza, a mechanical engineer and mother of three, decided to work on an idea to help remind drivers to check their back seats before walking away.
After presenting their idea – with Mendoza eight months pregnant at the time – the project moved into full development at the Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Farmington Hills, Mich.
The new RDA feature will debut as standard equipment on the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SUV this coming September, and will be available on other Nissan models in the coming years.
The new Rear Door Alert system can help remind Nissan owners to check the rear seat by using a series of distinctive honks as the driver is walking away from the vehicle.
The audio alerts distinguish the Nissan RDA from other systems in the marketplace.